Detroit Takes Series In Two Games
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DETROIT, MI – Tamika Whitmore scored a WNBA playoff-record 41 points on Saturday night as the Indiana Fever attempted to even its first-round playoff series with the Detroit Shock. Whitmore’s career night, though, would come in a losing effort as the host Shock bested the Fever 98-83 in the Palace of Auburn Hills.
With the win, Detroit swept Indiana in the best-of-three series and advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals to face the winner of the Connecticut-Washington series. Detroit’s 98 points Saturday was its highest postseason offensive output in franchise history.
Whitmore’s career-high 41 points came on 15-of-25 shooting and 10-of-10 from the free throw line. Tamika Catchings finished with 11 points and six rebounds for Indiana.
Catchings suffered what was called a mild concussion after hitting her head on the floor while fighting for a lose ball midway through the third quarter. She did return, however was not able to help her team erase a double-digit fourth quarter deficit.
Cheryl Ford paced Detroit with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Swin Cash added 17 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, while Plenette Pierson netted 20 off Detroit’s bench.
Detroit outscored Indiana 18-6 in first four minutes of the fourth quarter before racing out to an 81-70 lead. The Shock led by as many as 17 late in regulation before coming away with its third consecutive win over Indiana.
After trailing for much of the first half, Detroit took its first lead of the game midway through the second quarter. A Kara Braxton lay-up made the score 25-24, Detroit. The Shock would go on a 7-2 run in the closing minutes of the second before leading 38-34 at the half.
Whitmore kept Indiana close, scoring 16 points in a first half that saw neither team lead by more than six points.
Following a Catchings bank-shot that regained the lead for Indiana, Detroit went on a 10-3 run to pull in front 57-52. The Fever responded with a run of its own, outscoring the Shock 9-1 to lead by three late in the third quarter. Indiana led 64-63 heading in the fourth quarter.
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